In society today people are expected to take responsibility for their own actions. In the play Romeo and Juliet, by William Shakespeare many actions and consequences of the main characters are considered to be fate instead of consequence of action. The two main characters, Romeo and Juliet acted without thinking, making good decisions, or listening to other people's advice, leaving everything to fate. This resulted in both of their sad demises.
Firstly, Romeo reacts without thinking. When Romeo sees Mercutio killed by Tybalt, he was too mad to think about anything other then avenging his death. Romeo promptly killed Tybalt, a Capulet, blinded as he was by revenge. Romeo should have thought his action through and thought about what the consequences of killing Tybalt might be. If he had thought before he acted, he wouldn't have indirectly caused Juliet's death later on. However, if a person can't control his or her actions, the consequences of those actions are his responsibility. Killing Tybalt caused Romeo to be banished, commencing the drastic plans to reunite the lovers and resulting in both of their deaths.
Secondly, Romeo and Juliet are controlled by there emotions to the extreme. They didn't even bother using their brains; they just act on what they feel. They both made a poor decision when they decided to kill themselves in the mausoleum. At the thought that his love was dead, Romeo immediately killed himself instead of thinking or trying to revive Juliet. If he had waited just one moment longer he would have seen her "wake up" and he would not have killed himself. In addition, Romeo's death also made Juliet take her life. They were ruled by there emotions and didn't use their brains to help themselves. I guess they deserve a Darwin award.
Finally, Juliet did not listen to other people's advice, even when it benefited her directly, or was for her own good. Juliet and Romeo decided to get married after their second meeting. The Nurse advised Juliet that the marriage was too quick and dangerous. She told Juliet that she should consider marriage more carefully instead of rushing into it, blinded by emotion.
Nurse told her;
"Well, you have made a simple choice; you know not how to choose a man. Romeo! No, not he; though his face be better than any man's, yet his leg excels all men's; and for a hand, and a foot, and a body, though they be not to be talk'd on, yet they are past compare. He is not the flower of courtesy, but, I'll warrant him, as gentle as a lamb. Go thy ways. Wench; serve God."
(Act II, Scene V, line 38-44).
Even though the Nurse advised Juliet to slow down and not marry Romeo without a little bit of thought, Juliet was "in love" and didn't listen to the advice that Nurse gave her. As a result, Juliet was married to a man that brought about her death; whether directly or indirectly.
The two main characters, Romeo and Juliet were responsible for their own tragedy in the play Romeo and Juliet. Romeo and Juliet acted without thinking, made poor decisions, and didn't listen to other people's advice. They left everything to fate, and caused there own sad demises.